Garden Galleria March 2023

Take a look at the latest gardening news and views.  

Homemaker’s Fair is back

Taking place from 24 to 26 March 2023 at the revamped, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre in Midrand, the exhibition is set to change the way you live in your space. With renewed focus on what makes a home, different zones will include an all-inclusive display of top brands and local craftsmanship, all under one roof. Be treated to the latest in home-improvement and services, décor, kitchens and appliances, DIY and smart living, outdoor and landscaping, hobbies, health and fitness, locally made ceramics, art fashion and beauty, travel and adventure, as well as fun and food.

Visit the website for details: www.homemakersonline.co.za/jhbfair

The Essential Garden Notebook

This gardening notebook is the essential extension to your gardening tools – a mini reference book that cleverly interweaves Phyl Palframan’s gardening thoughts together with practical tips on how to achieve the desired results. It also provides space for your personal observations and so becomes a record of your gardening aspirations. The inspiring photographs reminds one of all the joys that gardening can bring.

Order from Otterley Press at a cost of R285 plus R100 Postnet or Courier fee.

Email info@otterley.com or call 082 924 5892.

Grootbos Florilegium

Celebrating 25 years of conservation in the Cape Floristic Kingdom, the Grootbos Florilegium is not only the first contemporary florilegium in Africa, it is also the first in the world to feature pollinators alongside plants. Containing over 120 original artworks by 44 local and international botanical artists, and words by Sean Privett, who is director of conservation at Grootbos, the volume captures the plant and insect life of the particularly diverse and charismatic Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, a narrow coastal belt on the southern tip of Africa that is home to over 900 species of fynbos.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Grootbos Foundation, the aim of which is the conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the upliftment of local communities. For more visit www.grootbosfoundation.org

Books are available at selected book stores and online at www.quivertreepublications.com

Turbo leaf clean up

As we head into autumn, cleaning up quickly and efficiently is top of mind. The Worx 20V Power Share Turbine Cordless Leaf Blower has a two-speed control setting which allows for quick light clean up and also powerful heavy duty clean up in one machine. It’s run on a Lithium battery, is lightweight and yet powerful enough for any conditions.

The Worx range of power tools and outdoor power equipment is now being distributed by Brandroid (Pty) Ltd in South Africa.


Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens

Get ready for an exciting line up for this year’s Kloof Conservancy Indigenous Open Gardens. Seven gardens will be open including Tanya and Izolda’s garden in Assagay, three new gardens at Stoneford Country Estate, Botha’s Hill including an extensive wetland area and two new gardens in Hillcrest and Kloof. All the details are on the website: www.kloofconservancy.org.za

Dates: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023

Times: 09:00 – 16:00 daily

Cost: R30 per person for each Garden, R75 for Stoneford Estate (4 gardens)

E-mail: info@kloofconservancy.org.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KloofConservancy

Website: https://www.kloofconservancy.org.za/indigenousopen-gardens/

Feeding for quality and flavour

Potassium (K) improves the quality of flowers and the flavour of fruits. Adequate potassium also increases the quantity and quality of seeds formed by plants, encourages healthy growth and assists plants to resist temperature extremes and drought. A potassium deficiency in the soil causes the scorching of plant leaf edges as well as fruit and vegetables with no flavour. Potassium release in normal soil is slow and needs a boost during the growing season of plants. Protek’s Rose & Flower Fertilizer 8:1:5 (17%), which is high in potassium, is specially formulated for roses, seedlings and flowering plants, as well as fruit.


Enrol now for a Full-Time Landscape Design Course

Lifestyle College has been offering the Landscape Design Course for over 31 years. This 12-month full-time programme offers in-depth knowledge of the landscape industry and covers the complete spectrum of 29 subjects with variable numbers of days for each course and up to 8 weeks of practical experience. This programme commences on Monday 3 April 2023 and runs until April 2024. The course will enable the student upon completion to:

  • Start their own landscaping business, doing design and implementation.
  • Work for a landscaping business.
  • Start a consultancy design business.

For more information, please contact Lifestyle College on marketing@lifestylecollege.co.za


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